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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Grants to the Town of Manchester, Connecticut
Police Department

July 17, 2001
Office of the Inspector General


The Office of the Inspector General, Audit Division, has completed an audit of grants awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to the Manchester, Connecticut Police Department. The purpose of the grants is to enhance community policing. Manchester was awarded a total of $1,493,443 to hire 12 new police officers and redeploy the equivalent of 18.4 existing full-time officers from administrative duties to community policing.

We reviewed Manchester's compliance with eight essential grant conditions. We found Manchester's budgeting practices, hiring of officers, reimbursement requests for the AHEAD/UHP and MORE 98 grants, and retention efforts to be acceptable. However, we found weaknesses in other areas and in reimbursement requests for the MORE 95 grant, as identified below. As a result, we question $506,779 and recommend an additional $86,664 be put to better use. 1

These items are discussed in greater detail in the Findings and Recommendations section of the report. Our audit objectives, scope, and methodology appear in Appendix I.


  1. The Inspector General Act of 1988 contains our reporting requirements for questioned costs and funds to better use. However, not all of our findings are dollar-related. See Appendix III for a breakout of our dollar-related findings and definitions of questioned costs and funds to better use.